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Eagles OC Frank Reich agrees to deal to be Colts coach

12 February 2018, 01:01 | Stacy Ballard

Colts reportedly have Frank Reich as their favorite for HC

Colts reportedly have Frank Reich as their favorite for HC

"Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence", Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement.

After the Josh McDaniels fiasco, the Colts have locked in their head coach, Eagles' offensive coordinator Frank Reich.

This comes after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Colts brought Reich in for an interview after McDaniels elected to stay with the Patriots instead of taking the Indianapolis position. Reich began his coaching career in Indianapolis, where he served as a coaching intern from 2006-08. He and Doug Pederson's game plan and play calling was a big reason for the success. Staley, a former standout running back with the Eagles and Pittsburgh, just finished his seventh season as an Eagles assistant.

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Reich's hiring ends a six-week coaching search in which the Colts went from being the first of six teams to fire their head coach to being the last of the six to fill their opening. Reich was Peyton Manning's quarterbacks coach in 2009 and '10 before coaching Reggie Wayne and the rest of the receivers in 2011. He was previously an assistant coach with the Colts from 2008-2011 and spent 13 years as an National Football League quarterback. The Eagles won the franchise's first Super Bowl last Sunday with a 41-33 victory over New England in Minneapolis even though they had to adjust from starter Carson Wentz to Nick Foles when Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury in December. Multiple assistant coaches signed contracts thinking they would work under McDaniels. Reich played for the Terps in the early 1980s, mostly as a backup.

The other challenge for Reich will involve his coaching staff.

What is interesting about this hire is that three coaches McDaniels picked to be on his staff will remain in their roles, including new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.



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